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Public Understanding of Biotechnology

Promoting a clear understanding of the potential of biotechnology.

Ensuring broad public awareness and dialogue on the current and potential future applications of biotechnology.

Recreating our ancestral past

Wits – in the champion’s league of archaeology – hosted the first African Conference on Experimental Archaeology.

No country for kids: for too many, home is a hell

Footage of a four-year-old being beaten by her mother in Durban as the mother’s boyfriend casually crossed his legs on the bed and filmed the incident, shows “just the tip of the iceberg”.

From Grahamstown into space

Scholars from various schools played audience to the fired up Sivuyile Manxoba on Friday when he facilitated A hitchhiker’s guide to the universe, a Scifest workshop presented by the Southern African Astronomical Observatory (SAOO).

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa.


FameLab Masterclass and Semi Finals

7 – 8 May 2018

Semi-finalists selected from heats around the country will be attending a two-day masterclass facilitated by a UK trainer on 7 and 8 May in Port Elizabeth. They will then participate in a semi-finals on 9 May, from which up to ten finalists will be selected to compete in the FameLab SA 2018 finals at the DST/NRF Future Earth conference on 10 May 2018.

Rural Education Festival

7 – 11 May 2018

Main Theme: Affordable and Clean Energy for All

Sub-Theme:Healthy Environment; Healthy People


9 – 16 May 2018

The Sound of Science.

Mpumalanga Festival

21– 25 May 2018

Future Scientists on the move.

Science Unlimited

23 – 25 May 2018

ScienceUnlimited will once again be hosted at Kwalata Game Lodge in the Big 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve in Hammanskraal.

Join us as we make Chemistry and Physics fun as never before!!!!

Eding International Science Festival (EISEF)

17– 20 July 2018

Towards a decolonised African IKS.

National Science Week 2018 

28 July – 4 August 2018

The NSW 2018 national launch event will be hosted by University of Mpumalanga in Nelspruit on Saturday, 28 July. The focus week will start on Monday,30 July – 4 August 2018.Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are offered around the theme to the target audiences.

The theme for 2018 is “Deepening our democracy through science 


13– 17 August 2018



15 September 2018

Telescope and Astronomy.

GetSETgo is SAASTA’s quarterly electronic newsletter – read the latest edition online now!